As more adults become web-savvy and learn how to spot suspicious websites, hackers are turning their attention to children. Impulsive and prone to falling for the hackers’ traps, kids make perfect malware targets, providing an easy gateway to their parent’s computers, and potentially, access to their personal and financial information.

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We all know that the Internet is populated with every walk of life: the types that you’d want to meet and possibly date, the type that you should avoid at all costs, and everything in between. But how can you tell the two apart, especially when you find them on online dating sites like Match.com, where everyone wants to portray a favorable image?

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germanvirus To fight against online viruses, the German government will set up a national help desk that users can call in to help them get rid of viruses on their computers. Aside from this, Germany also wants Internet service providers to call the computer users and alert them if they have a virus installed on their computer.

As it stands, the Internet service providers can already see which computers are infected, so merely notifying the users will not cost the companies too much money. It is estimated that one quarter of the computers in Germany have been taken over by harmful software, so hopefully this will help unsuspecting users to clean up their computers.

(Via IndiaENews)

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firefox-bomb1 A recent Microsoft software update (.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1)) puts Mozilla Firefox browsers at risk. An added browser plug-in (that cannot be deleted, nor deactivated) lets the plug-in secretly and silently install programs onto your computer. This plug-in, known as the .NET Framework Assistant, might have been created with the intention of updating Firefox and improving your browsing experience, has been exploited, and hackers learned how to use it against you.

The way Microsoft engineers described this threat was a “browse-and-get-owned” situation. What this means is that if you visit a rigged website, even if you don’t install or download anything yourself, your computer can be hacked and get all kinds of spyware and malware installed on it without you even knowing.

After this has been found out and reported, Microsoft responded by putting out another software update that allows you to disable and uninstall the .NET Framework Assistant, however, it has not apologized to Mozilla Firefox for secretly sneaking this plug-in into their browser. To make sure that you are protected, and are not at risk of getting hacked, make sure that your browser does not have the .NET Framework Assistant activated.

(Via ComputerWorld)

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The results that stem from Twitter and other social media networking sites include invaluable connections, countless conversations about similar interests, exposure to the public and…crime?

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media networking websites in the world, recently reaching over 13 million users.  It embodies everything people want: it’s quick, fast, and free. With the efficiency of the site also comes the immediate dangers.  You’d be surprised how much could go wrong with just 140 characters.

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It’s that time of the year. The change is imperceptible to everyone, but to you as a parent it’s consuming. You look over to the most precious thing in the world, your child: innocent, naive, and vulnerable. Thinking about your child growing older and becoming more independent sends your heart flying out of your chest. But you’re not alone, with these Top 5 Back To School Child Health and Safety Tips you can venture into the unknown confidently knowing you have done everything possible to protect your child.

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sexting

A new slang term has recently been a hot topic of discussion. Sexting refers to sending explicit text messages or pictures of a sexual nature. Although many parents think their children wouldn’t engage in this activity, sexting has become a more and more common practice among teenagers. A practice which often leads to devastating consequences.

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